2011 APA Presidential Candidate Robert "Bob" H. Woody, PhD, ScD, JD
by Robert "Bob" H. Woody, PhD, ScD, JD
Fair compensation is a major concern for psychologists working in a variety of work settings. What programs or activities would you pursue to address this concern?
A foundation for fair compensation is a well-informed APA membership. Many psychologists lack adequate training for the financial aspects of psychological services. To assure fair compensation, I would give priority to providing members with information about practical financial strategies.
I would provide the APA membership with authoritative, transparent, and persuasive communications about finances and elicit members' ideas about solutions. I would conduct strategic planning for gaining increased recognition of the unique benefits from psychology. I would establish and charge a task force to: determine and reveal the TRUE compensation received by psychologists in various contexts; develop online and other professional development programs on financial issues; and pursue parity and fair compensation in governmental and private health facilities and insurance programs.
In the context of benefiting society, I would buttress financial stability for psychologists and contradict third-party payment sources exercising too much control of the substantive aspects of psychological services. I would tactfully direct efforts to recovering professional control of the qualitative aspects, such as encouraging psychologists to rebuff third-party sources that attempt to dictate treatment, sidestep legally based parity, or fix fees. For example, establishing "customary" fees without regard to idiosyncratic competency is illogical.
To justify improved fair compensation, I shall assert that psychology is a prototype for advancing human welfare-with special emphasis on the peerless reliance on behavior science research for educational, training, and clinical services. Professionalism requires resources, and society benefits from supporting APA's contributions to research, education, and social/health services. [For more information see: www.BobWoodyHelpsPsychology.com.]
What do you envision to be the best models for delivery of psychological services in a reformed health care system?
APA should be a leader for health care reform, assuring that a reformed health care system provides comprehensive services to ALL people. Proactively, psychologists should press for constructive, scholarly, and reality-oriented support of diversity, global perspectives, and positivism.
A reformed health care system should deliver the full range of psychological services (e.g., assessment, interventions, primary care, prescription privileges, psychoeducation, consultation, and rehabilitation) in preventive, crisis, and tertiary programs, and deal with public health issues (e.g., epidemics/pandemics, natural disasters). I have the open-mindedness, creativity, and energy that are essential to leadership in health care reform.
Psychology should advocate the irrefutable mind-body connection, impressively affirmed by health psychology research. This would justify governmental support for psychological research, education and training, and clinical services.
Since psychological research leads to quality health care, psychology should be a mainstay in the education and training of all health care providers. Similarly, health care organizations should accept psychological consultation for improving systems, communications, decision-making, strategic planning, administration, resource management, and clinical (and other) services.
Having a Doctor of Science degree in public health and having worked with a wide variety of health care programs (public and private), I can formulate and advocate health-related ideas, including for legislation. I believe in expanding community-based health services, such as rehabilitation for those with disabilities and health care for military personnel.
Health care will increase in importance for psychology and vice versa, whether in the realm of research, education, training, or clinical and other services. [For more information see: www.BobWoodyHelpsPsychology.com.]